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U.S. Soccer legend Alexi Lalas discusses the biggest stories in the world of soccer. Join Alexi and soccer guru David Mosse, as they break down the USMNT, USWNT, MLS, Bundesliga, Premier League, World Cup & everything in between.

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    USMNT loses to Panama. Lack of depth or bad rotations? (with Stu Holden)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 89:51

    Stu Holden joins the show to discuss the USMNT's loss to Panama in World Cup Qualifying and answers whether this loss was a result of of Berhalter's rotations or if the players were to blame (2:00). The guys then recap the UEFA Nations League final, Newcastle United's new owners, why Neymar's last World Cup could be in 2022, and look at Pulisic's visit to see the Jets play in London (37:22). Alexi and Stu answer fan questions about the new World Cup cycle, make their picks for who will win the Ballon d'Or, and look at Stu's struggle with missing socks (57:25). Finally, Stu shares what it's like to travel with soccer expert and foodie John Strong (1:15:40) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    USMNT Qualifying: No Pulisic, No Reyna, but Ricardo Pepi is back

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 90:45

    Alexi and Mosse kick off the podcast by looking at why Landon Donovan got a statue for LA Galaxy before the legendary Cobi Jones (07:20). Then the guys recap all of the MLS news from this past week including an El traffic recap (18:30). Later, we turn to World Cup Qualifying and answer how the USMNT can adjust without Pulisic, Reyna, or Brooks (26:25). The guys then recap all of the Champions League action and follow the different storylines from Europe's top leagues (45:30). Alexi answers fan questions about who was snubbed on the latest USMNT roster, Ted Lasso's new deal with the Premier League, and why MLS next kids can't play school ball in #AskAlexi (1:01:50). Finally, Alexi ends the show with details on all the moving parts surrounding the potential change to have the World Cup every two years (1:16:15). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The NWSL is worth saving (with Jen Cooper)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 32:28

    Alexi Lalas sits down with women's soccer reporter Jen Cooper to discuss the systemic issues within NWSL. The two look at the current state of the the league after misconduct allegations have come to light in the past week. They then look at why the league is worth saving despite it's many flaws, how the league can better protect their players and what the future of an improved NWSL could look like in this special edition of the State of the Union podcast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    MLS is a pipeline to Europe, but is that what fans want?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 103:07

    Alexi and Mosse start off the podcast with a look at how some MLS teams are becoming talent pipelines to European clubs and why selling youth players make those teams less competitive (8:00). Then the guys recap all of the MLS news from this past week, including the new revamped Leagues Cup tournament featuring all of the Liga MX teams (24:00. Then we look at all the different storylines in the Premier League, the rest of Europe's top leagues, and look ahead to the next round of Champion's League games (1:07:00). Alexi answers fan questions about the USWNT, famous World Cup missed goals, and gives travel tips to a fan in #AskAlexi (1:30:20). Finally, Alexi ends the show by trying out chicken wings and giving his honest opinion on them (1:46:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Why is the USMNT struggling to win on the road?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 99:03

    Alexi and Mosse start the show with a look at Gregg Berhalter's coaching performance in World Cup Qualifiers and determine if he's been unfairly criticized (12:32). Then we take a look at the biggest stories in MLS including Atlanta United's win vs. DC United, why FC Dallas fired head coach Luchi Gonzalez, Chofis' hattrick for San Jose, and the latest from CONCACAF Champions League and the League's Cup (28:26). Then the guys turn to the Champions League group stage, break down all the drama from the first round of matches, and recap the biggest stories from Europe's top 5 leagues in the European Roundup (50:41). We also look at questions from fans about Jordan Pefok, potential travel restrictions for Christian Pulisic, and whether a national team could beat a domestic team in #AskAlexi (1:16:10). Finally, Alexi ends the show with another hot take about hot wings in his One for the Road segment (1:29:27). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    A World Cup Every Two Years? What could go wrong?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 90:31

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with a look at Arsene Wenger's proposed changes to the World Cup schedule and answer if having a World Cup every two years would be a good idea (06:36). Then the guys recap the USMNT's World Cup Qualifying games, discuss Berhalter's performance, and look at Ricardo Pepi's impact on the team (31;30). We also take a look at Ronaldo's return to Manchester United, follow the biggest news stories in Europe's top 5 leagues, and go over this week's Champion's League group stage matches (51:40). Alexi answers questions from fans about the USMNT, the USWNT, and answers what it's like to be a youth soccer leagues referee in #AskAlexi (1:06:00). Finally, Alexi ends the show by reflecting on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 (1:20:20). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    USMNT World Cup Qualifying Begins

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 90:12

    This week Alexi and Mosse are finally back in studio for the first time since March 2020! Alexi's State of the Union monologue makes a return with a story on how the USMNT has grown since 2018 and what the team can achieve in this World Cup qualification process (6:59). Then the guys breakdown the next series of games the USMNT faces versus El Salvador, Canada, and Honduras (8:51). Then we jump into all the last minute transfer news in Europe, including Ronaldo's move to Manchester United, Messi's PSG Debut, and look at why Haaland and Mbappe stayed at their current teams (30:50). Alexi and Mosse also make their UEFA Champion's League picks, answer if it's worth making a jump to a league in Europe outside of the top 5, and Mosse helps a fan find a South American team to root for in #AskAlexi (1:01:13). Finally, Alexi pays his respects to the 13 brave United State's service members who made the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of others in Afghanistan (1:19:15). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    MLS vs. Liga MX: Who wins the MLS All-Star Game?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 99:15

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with a look at Saturday's Seattle vs. Columbus game, Atlanta United's interim coach situation, LAFC's struggles, El Tráfico and many more MLS storylines (09:55). Then the guys breakdown this week's MLS All-Star Game and Skills Challenge and make their predictions for who will win the game (35:30). We then look at, Serie A's opening weekend, Ronaldo's Juventus situation, Lukaku's return to Chelsea, La Liga, Stu Holden's Mallorca, fans storming the Nice vs. Marseille game and so much more in the European Roundup (47:05). Alexi and Mosse rank their Top 10 soccer leagues in the world, look at why the USMNT has so much talent right now, and answer the age old question does, “turn up the A.C” mean making it colder or warmer in #AskAlexi (1:12:15). Finally Alexi caps the show with an anecdote about NASL's Detroit Express in his “One for the Road” segment (1:32:55). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Is NYCFC the Best Team in MLS? Carli Lloyd Retires, Harry Kane's Manchester City situation, Christian Pulisic/Chelsea, David Ochoa commits to Mexico

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 89:38

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with the latest MLS news which includes, a recap of Sunday's Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders rivalry game, an explanation of where NYCFC ranks in Alexi's Top 5 MLS teams, Atlanta United's new coaching hire Gonzalo Pineda, and NYRB's struggle for relevancy (08:40). They then look at the Leagues Cup competition and question the lineup choices SKC head coach Peter Vermes made in his 6-1 defeat vs. Leon at the Leagues Cup. Then the guys move to Concacaf Champions League to breakdown Philadelphia Union's loss to America and answer the age old question, will we ever see an MLS team win the competition (33:03). We then run through all of the European soccer news, Pulisic's goal at Chelsea, Joe Scally's Bundesliga debut, Messi's PSG saga, and so much more in the European Roundup (44:12). Questions about how the USMNT's style of play in the Gold Cup and Nation's League left fans concerned about the future of the team, David Ochoa's decision to commit to Mexico, and what the soccer equivalent of the Field of Dreams baseball game would be are all answered in #AskAlexi (1:00:53). Finally, Alexi ends the show with a celebration of Carli Lloyd's decorated career as she announces her retirement from soccer in another remote edition of the State of the Union Podcast (1:18:52). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Messi Leaves Barcelona, USWNT/Olympics, USMNT win the Gold Cup final vs. Mexico, Josh Sargent to Norwich

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 91:02

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with the latest news on Lionel Messi's departure from Barcelona, the player's legacy in La Liga, and what the future may hold for the superstar, including a possible move to PSG (7:00). The guys also discuss Lukaku's return to Chelsea, Jack Grealish's transfer to Man City, Jadon Sancho's move to Manchester United, and Harry Kane's Tottenham issues. More importantly, they go over Norwich City's latest signing, USMNT star Josh Sargent. The guys then shift focus to the Olympics and breakdown the USWNT's disappointing performance at the tournament as well as congratulate Canada's Christine Sinclair for her historic gold medal win. Mosse reacts to Brazil's win vs. Spain, reflects on Dani Alves's decorated career, and explains why a bronze medal win may be a sign of hope for Mexico fans (47:35). USA's win over Mexico in the Gold Cup final, potential coaching choices for the USMNT, and what young players the guys are excited about, are all looked at in #AskAlexi (55:35). Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road” on his joyous experience at the Gold Cup Final with former USMNT coach Bora Milutinović (1:24:25). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    USMNT Are Gold Cup Champs

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 1:35

    Alexi celebrates and gives a brief statement after USMNT beat Mexico for the Gold Cup title. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Is this USMNT's “B” team? Doug McIntyre joins to discuss Mexico & the Gold Cup, Gabriel Heinze's mess in Atlanta, and USWNT bouncing back in the Olympics

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 85:57

    Alexi and Mosse open the show, and with the USMNT's win against Jamaica to put them in the Gold Cup semifinals, they debate what is more impressive: the win against Mexico in Nations league or making it to Gold Cup final with this “B” team (8:09) They talk Matt Turner vs. Zack Steffen in goal, Mexico being the overwhelming favorite, and Mosse riding the Qatar wave. The guys then talk MLS and detail Gabriel Heinze's rough stint with Atlanta, how bad Inter Miami CF and Gary Neville are, and NYCFC's stadium troubles. They discuss Olympic soccer and talk USWNT's bounce back after a 3-0 loss to Sweden, recap men's soccer, including Richarlison's performances. (36:20). In #AskAlexi, fans ask about international parity, playing World Cup vs. Olympics, and the supposed feud between Mexico and CONCACAF. (51:06). Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road” on his recent Tweet about the overuse of soccer jargon when discussing tactics (1:15:05). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    So far, so good for USMTN at Gold Cup, Busio and Tessmann to Italy? Messi signs with Barca & PSG makes key signings, including Sergio Ramos

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 98:13

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with the USMNT's run of three wins in the Gold Cup, break down roster decisions, talk teams like El Salvador and Qatar impressing, and Mexico still being favorites but looking beatable. The guys then talk MLS, Heinze out at Atlanta after 17 games, Jozy Altidore rejoins Toronto and scores, and LAFC gets a W. (30:02). They discuss Leo Messi's decision to stay with Barcelona, Barca's financial troubles, and recent transfers, including Sergio Ramos to PSG and Jordan Sancho to Manchester United (49:20). In #AskAlexi, fans ask about PK follow-up rules, life in the corporate world as an athlete, and one fan still thinks broadcasts are using fake noise crowd. (1:05:13). Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road,” on the rise of MLS team valuations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Messi casts his demons, USMNT's tough Gold Cup win, Southgate's decisions, Italy's run, and a tribute to Paul Mariner

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 80:00

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with the Copa America Final, Messi finally winning his major international trophy, Mosse's issue with Brazil's lineup, strategy, and use of Neymar (4:30). The guys then talk about the Euro 2020 finals, Italy deserving the title, questioning Southgate's use of England's talent and Mancini's incredible unbeaten run (28:20). They discuss USMNT's tough Gold Cup win against Haiti, Chucky Lozano's injury, and preview USA's next matchup vs. Martinique (41:52). In #AskAlexi, fans ask about speaking multiple languages, thoughts on a fundraiser US Soccer co-ed game, and watching USMNT's game with the family (52:23). Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road,” a tribute to former England striker Paul Mariner (1:11:50) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    USMNT/Gold Cup, Messi's final shot? Copa America final prediction, Italy off to final, Chris Armas fired, and Mosse shows up hungover

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 88:55

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with a preview of the Copa America final and talk about how good Messi has looked with Argentina, his last chance to win an international trophy, and how Neymar and Brazil stack up against Argentina. (08:02). The guys then talk about the EURO 2020 semifinals match between Spain and Italy; La Roja dazzled but could not score. Italy reverts to the traditional style for the victory, and is it coming home for England? (29:22). They discuss MLS such as Toronto FC firing Chris Armas, Seattle's unbeaten run, Galaxy losing game, and Chicharito, and looked at USMNT's/Mexico's rosters for the upcoming Gold Cup (40:45). In #AskAlexi, fans ask why American media heavily advertise Neymar and Messi over Brazil and Argentina, the latest ruling in favor of college athletes, and one fan suggests it's time to dump penalty kicks to decide tournament games (1:05:14). Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road,” a shoutout to Angel City FC (1:19:54). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Chicharito stars again, Biggest MLS rivalry, Mbappe the villain, and Brazil on top of the food chain in Copa America

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 81:00

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with an MLS recap (4:27) to talk Chicharito's scoring form, the biggest rivalry in the MLS, Bruce Arena, Thiago's stunning winner, the exciting Austin-Columbus game, Diego Chara allegedly receiving racial abuse and LAFC's struggles. The guys then talk about Spain's impressive play, Switzerland stunning France, Mbappe the villain, Pragmatic Portugal out against Belgium, Frank De Boer out as Netherlands coach, Italy dodging a bullet, Denmark trouncing Wales, England's massive win against Germany, and quarterfinal preview (27:10). They discuss the Copa America group stage, which is more dependent on their star, Brazil (Neymar) or Argentina (Messi), quarterfinal predictions, and Brazil's transition to pragmatism.. (40:55). In #AskAlexi, fans ask about club vs. international soccer, New England Revolution's chances, and the documentary “LFG.” (1:10:30). Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road” on rebranding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    McConaughey hypes Austin FC fans, Saying bye to Crew Stadium, Brazil's Copa America to lose, and Italy's brilliant run at EURO 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 79:11

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with an MLS recap to talk Austin FC's draw in its stadium opener with hype-man Matthew McConaughey, the final game at Crew Stadium, Jakob Glesnes banger, and LAFC's struggles. (07:08). The guys then talk Copa America, Brazil's tournament to lose, Argentina-Brazil gap bigger than thought, Alexi's favorite player, Englishmen/Chilean Ben Brereton's, and Chile, Uruguay playing with veteran players through the World Cup (27:15). They discuss EURO 2020, including Italy's impressive run, and why Mosse doesn't think England appreciates Jadon Sancho. (43:03). In #AskAlexi, fans ask for the USMNT and USWNT player Alexi would pick, Dallas FC academy not translating to success on the field, and if the guys think USMNT will be serious World Cup contenders by 2038. (51:10). Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road,” which nods to operating lower-division soccer teams such as the Rochester Rhinos and the newly founded Flower City Union. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Christian Eriksen's scary moment, Spain's possession game, Messi-Neymar shine in Copa America, Carly Lloyd, and USWNT's road to the Olympics

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 82:33


    Alexi and Mosse open the show with the scary moment in EURO 2020 that saw Denmark's Christian Eriksen suffer a cardiac arrest on the field, Patrick Schrick's amazing goal, and break down performances from Belgium, Italy, England, and Spain (11:03). The guys then talk Copa America, Messi's and Neymar's performances, the gap between Brazil and Argentina, Tite, Eduardo Vargas international play over club, and Colombia's hopes (28:26). They discuss USWNT's 4-0 win over Jamaica, the road to the Olympics, and if the roster should include Carly Lloyd (39:03). In #AskAlexi, fans ask the guys about their journey in the sports media business, playing soccer for fun, and the best PK taker and stoppers (54:19). Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road,” where he embraces Jamie Vardy's newest investment in US Soccer with the Rochester Rhinos (1:13:27). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    USMNT's grit vs. Mexico, Pulisic & Ethan Horvath, Brazil-Argentina favorites in Copa America, and Ancelotti at Real Madrid

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 93:03

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with a recap of USMNT's win against Mexico to win the CONCACAF Nations League; they talk about USA's grit, what went wrong with Mexico, VAR controversy, penalties, standout performances from Gio Reyna, Christian Pulisic, Weston Mckennie, and Ethan Horvath (08:40). The guys then preview UEFA Euro Championship and predict the groups, preview Copa America, and the favorites in Brazil and Argentina (34:53). They react to Real Madrid appointing Carlo Ancelotti, what teams Zinadine Zidane, and Antonio Conte could join (1:04:40). In #AskAlexi (1:11:50), where fans ask if Alexi dips his Oreos in milk and MLS' newly proposed 3rd-tier league. Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road,” where he addresses the fans behavior at Denver during USA vs. Mexico match (1:20:41). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    USMNT takes an L, Chelsea’s UCL win/Pep’s failure, Pulisic-Donovan ranking in US Soccer, and wild coaching carousel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 105:50


    Alexi and Mosse open the show with a recap of USMNT’s 2-1 loss against Switzerland, give a preview to their match vs. Honduras in the CONCACAF Nations League finals, and give an MLS week 7 recap (11:10). The guys then talk about the Copa America relocation from Argentina to Brazil, UEFA Champions final, pride in Christian Pulisic, Pep Guardiola’s legacy takes hit, and why Alexi doesn’t think N’Golo Kante deserves the Ballon D’Or (26:30). They react to the numerous coaching changes, including Zinedine Zidane, Andrea Pirlo, Antonio Conte and more. In #AskAlexi, fans ask if Christian Pulisic ranks higher than Landon Donovan with his recent UCL win, and a young player asks if it’s better to play college or sign a pro contract in US or Europe. We have an audio question where fan asks about an upcoming Juventus documentary and what teams Alexi and Mosse would like to see (1:19:17) Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road,” where he gives a Memorial Day salute. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    UEFA Champions League Final, Pep’s Legacy, USMNT Roster in Nations, & MLS convo w/ Simon Borg

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 115:41

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with a conversation Senior Soccer Editor at Sporting News and former MLS editor-in-chief Simon Borg on all things MLS, USMNT World Cup predictions, and Christian Pulisic’s potential for stardom in the UCL final (04:35). The guys then preview the UEFA Champions League final, talk about Thomas Tuchel’s incredible run with Chelsea and Pep Guardiola’s legacy (42:52). They react to the Premier League’s last crazy match day for UCL qualifications; Atletico Madrid winning La Liga; Lille topping Paris-Saint Germain in League One, Juventus and AC Milan qualifying for UCL. In #AskAlexi (1:20:28), fans call in and ask about Mosse’s best XI Brazil team, covering soccer for a living, Liga MX in Copa Libertadores, and more. Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road,” where he answers a fan’s questions clarifying his stands in the Columbus Crew rebrand. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    USMNT with author Steven Mandis, Atlanta United’s winner in front of 40k fans, and no La Liga title for Barcelona

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 98:09


    Alexi and Mosse open the show with a discussion with author Steven Mandis, who just released the book “What Happened to the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team? (4:18). The guys then recap MLS headlines that include the Atlanta United’s win in front of 40k fans, FC Cincinnati loses in its stadium debut thanks to Gonzalo Higuaín, Chicharito keeps scoring, and LAFC struggles (20:08). They react to Barcelona losing out on La Liga title, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid final matches, Serie A recap, Juventus’ Champions League hope, Chelsea’s struggles, Leicester City’s becoming an elite team, and Alisson’s heroic goal for Liverpool (47:20). The guys then look at Germany’s top four-fight, Dortmund’s season, American in UCL, and the League One title race. In #AskAlexi, fans ask about a New England Revolution rebrand and thoughts on Tim Tebow. Plus, our first audio question on Alexi’s perceived negativity on Twitter (1:11:05). Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road,” where he discusses embracing the “Americanness” in our game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Pulisic impact in Champions League, LA Crown, Columbus rebrand, and making sense of Neymar’s extension with PSG.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 107:46

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with the top MLS headlines that include the El Trafico recap (6:52), who wears the LA crown, LAFC, or Galaxy? Minnesota Loons’ struggles, Columbus rebrand. The guys then recap CONCACAF Champions League and predict the semifinals (38:45). They also react to UEFA Champions League semifinal results, Christian Pulisic’s impact, Zach Steffen, Manchester City’s dominance, PSG falling apart, and the final predictions (47:05). The guys then look at Neymar’s extension with PSG, the “Bayernliga,” League 1, and La Liga title race, Zidane’s upset with VAR, Jose Mourinho to Roma. They Looked at #AskAlexi, where fans ask about the prevalence of English coaches at the US youth level, if Premier League is the best in the world, and if Alexi ever gets tired of people being jerks to him on social media (1:22:50). Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road,” shouts Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin (1:37:19). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Manchester United fans protest over Glazer ownership, Jesse Marsch’s journey to RB Leipzig & 17-year-olds Cade Cowell-Caden Clark shine in MLS

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 112:27

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with the top MLS headlines that include the impressive performances so far by 17-yeard old’s Caden Clark and Cade Cowell, Nani’s golazo, Sounders-Galaxy recap, Minnesota Loon’s struggles and preview El Trafico (30:35). The guys then talk CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. (36:50). They also react to Manchester United fan’s protest over Glazer Ownership (47:11), Gio Reyna’s two goals, Julian Nagelsmann named Bayern Munich head coach, American Jesse Marsch’s journey to coach RB Leipzig. The guys then look at Inter Milan clinching the Serie A table, Barcelona’s stumble in La Liga title race, the weekend clash between Real Madrid-Sevilla and Barcelona-Atletico Madrid, League One title races between PSG-Lille, and UEFA Champions League review. In #AskAlexi (1:30:10), fans ask if Christian Pulisic is the greatest American soccer player in history, if USL adopted Pro/Rel, would more fans watch and a reaction to fan that says he wishes he would spat on Alexi instead of asking for a picture years ago. Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road,” where he responds to a friendly email from retired American Soccer goalkeeper Shep Messing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Is Chicharito back? Super League suspension, Zack Steffen wins trophy & UCL predictions

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 91:35

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with the top MLS headlines that include Chicharito’s hat trick, VAR, Real Salt Lake’s keeper David Ochoa’s antics, 17-year-old Cade Cowell, Higuain brothers scoring, and Austin FC’s first win (10:20). The guys then talk CONCACAF Champions League (37:06). They also react to the suspension of the Super League and what happens next (41:34), UEFA Champions League leg one semifinals, Manchester City winning Carabao Cup, and Zack Steffen’s performance. The guys then break down La Liga and League 1 title races that are heating up. In #AskAlexi (1:08:44), fans asked about American bashing related to the Super League and NYFC stadium issues. Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road” (1:20:44) where he answers a fan’s question about why he has been in a bad mood lately. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Giving new Super League a chance, Return of MLS, and Jose Mourinho sacked again

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 95:25

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with an extensive discussion on the new Super League (2:18). The guys then talk UEFA Champions league and make semifinal predictions (26:05). They also react to FA Cup Semifinals, Zach Steffens’s error, Christian Pulisic’s performance, Gio Reyna’s banger, Barcelona’s Copa del Rey, Leo Messis’s incredible goal, and Sergino Dest. The guys then break down the first week of the MLS, recap CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16, and predict the quarterfinal results (41:07). In #AskAlexi (1:01:01), fans ask about Jose Mourinho and coaching players through hydration breaks. Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road,” where he answers a fan’s question about his love for Rock n’ Roll & why he still defends the establishment (1:18:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Interview w/ Phil Neville: Adapting to the MLS, the difference coaching women and men, favorite Cuban food, and more.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 12:04

    Inter Miami CF head coach Phil Neville chats with Alexi Lalas and talks about adapting to the MLS, his style of play, the difference between coaching Women and Men, generational differences in players, his sales pitch to Inter Miami CF, his thoughts on American soccer media, and his favorite Cuban food. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    MLS preview with Maurice Edu and Stu Holden, Celebrating Carli Lloyd, Americans shinning in Europe, and El Clásico recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 104:37

    Alexi and Mosse are joined by former USMNT stars Maurice Edu and Stu Holden to preview and predict the upcoming 2021 MLS regular season (08:15). The guys then talk Round of 16 CONCACAF Champions League, recap the USWNT match against Sweden, and preview the upcoming NWSL season (25:44). They look at Europe and recap El Clásico, Top 3 in La Liga (Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, and Barcelona), & Americans shinning Europe such as Christian Pulisic, Daryl Dike, Weston Mckenzie, and Gio Reyna. The guys then talk more VAR controversy in England, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer-Jose Mourinho beef, Manchester United beating Tottenham Spurs, and the upcoming 2nd legs of UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. In #AskAlexi, fans ask about the Rochester Rhinos & whether or not Alexi hates the EPL. For the first time, Alexi listens to a fan’s question (1:29:40). Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road,” where he wishes a 50th happy birthday to the magazine Soccer America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Interview w/ Chicharito: Taking his game to another level & returning to Mexico's national team

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2021 11:43

    Alexi Lalas chats with Los Angeles Galaxy star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and talks about adjustments he is making this season, what he likes about new LA Galaxy’s Head Coach Greg Vanney, playing for the Mexican National team, US youth soccer, and what he would do if he were the MLS commissioner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Interview w/ Brian Schmetzer: Seattle’s new formations, Jordan Morris’ injury, Managing during COVID & constructive criticism for the media

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 16:24

    Seattle Sounders Head Coach Brian Schmetzer chats with Alexi and discusses the challenges of managing different personalities during COVID-19, trying new offensive formations, dealing with Jordan Morris’ ACL injury, and offers some constructive criticism for Alexi and the rest of the media world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Neymar’s failure at PSG, La Liga title race, Pulisic’s injury, CONCACAF & UEFA Champions League preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2021 93:41

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with predictions for the CONCACAF Champions League games this week (8:44). The guys then talk about MLS’ new concussion substitution trial (36:10). They look at Europe and talk La Liga title race, the ugly incident in Valencia, Premier League race for top four, PSG’s title race hit, Neymar's lack of success in Paris, and Serie A top-four race (41:25). The guys then talk Bundesliga, Erling Haaland & the Champions League quarterfinals. In #AskAlexi, fans ask about keeping US talent in the MLS, Brazilian Ronaldo, issues with MLS and Don Garber. (1:24:48). Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road” where he talks and shows off retro kits. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The best things of Portland, success in MLS and life after soccer with Diego Valeri — SPECIAL EDITION

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 14:25

    Alexi Lalas sits down with Seattle Sounders legend Diego Valeri and talks about the upcoming season, what drew him to Portland and the MLS, being a legend in the sport, his involvement in women’s soccer and playing the guitar in this State of the Union Special edition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Olympic heartbreak once again for USA, Sergino Dest standing out in USMNT wins, Crazy Serbia-Portugal ending with Ronaldo, preview Europe club matches, and more.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 84:52


    Alexi and Mosse open the show with a discussion on the failure of USMYT to qualify for the Olympics (05: 55). The guys then grade US senior’s team and individual performances, including standout Sergino Dest and Gio Reyna’s body language. They look at the rest of the world (51:00) and break down the European World Cup qualifier matches, including the crazy Serbia vs. Portugal ending. They also touch on the lack of VR in international matches, Zlatan Ibrahimović back with Sweden, Luka Modric becoming the most capped Croatian player, and Robert Lewandowski’s injury. The guys then preview some big club matches for the weekend: Bayern Munich vs. RB Leipzig, La Lagia top 3, PSG vs. Lille and Arsenal vs. Liverpool. In #AskAlexi (1:03:04), fans asked about Bob Bradley as a person and how Alexi dealt with injuries. Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road" (1:15:04) where he answers a fan question if the USA’s Men soccer system is broken or just not good enough. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Interview with Bob Bradley — SPECIAL EDITION

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2021 17:34


    Alexi Lalas and Bob Bradley talk LAFC roster for the upcoming MLS season, analyzing talent, the challenges of coaching U-23 USA Olympics, reflections on the current USMNT talent, and Bruce Springsteen’s latest album. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    USMNT talk with Stu Holden, Zlatan back with Sweden, Mosse likes Portugal at the World Cup, UCL quarterfinal picks & Alexi’s amazing food experience in Italy

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 89:15

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with guest Stu Holden to discuss U-23 USMNT’s performance in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers (09: 05). The guys then talk about the upcoming friendlies for the senior squad against Jamaica and N. Ireland. Stu gives an insight into his experience being a dual-national, then the guys move to discuss Inter Miami CF’s attempt for success, and David Beckham claims the team can attract the most prominent stars. They look at the rest of the world (42:44) and break down the Champions League draw, UEFA World Cup qualifiers, CONCACAF qualifiers, Top 10 FIFA Men’s World Rankings, and Xabi Alonso coaching at Borussia Monchengladbach. In #AskAlexi (1:09:20), fans ask about Alexi’s trash talk on the field, Men’s and Women’s U-23 rules, and the most “Italian thing” he did while living there. Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road” (1:19:50) on the rising opportunities for soccer media professionals and gives a special shout and best wishes to Ives Galarcep, who is battling COVID-19. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    USMNT set Olympic roster, Chris Richard’s goal to win 2026 World Cup for USA, North London Derby, Messi-Ronaldo out of Champions League and their future clubs.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 81:44

    Alexi and Mosse open the show discussing final USMNT’s U-23 Olympic roster and preview match vs. Costa Rica (8:30). The guys then talk about Chris Richard’s goal to win the 2026 World Cup. Yunus Musah picks to represent USA over England, and Orlando City’s decision to reject a $10 million offer for, Daryl Dike, from a top English team. They look at the rest of the world and chat about the Champions League, North London Derby, Cristiano Ronaldo’s future in Italy and breaking Pele’s record (37:10), COVID impact on the state of rivalries games over the weekend, and PSG players’ families held hostage by thieves during the game. They Looked at #AskAlexi, where fans asked about Alexi’s best teammates he wants in a bar fight, Altidore being the number one striker for USMNT, and Meghan and Harry. (1:05:30). Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road” on star players getting benched (1:15:12) in another remote edition of the State of the Union Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Battle for USA/Mexico dual-nationals talent, Josh Sargent impresses at Werder Bremen, Manchester Derby recap, England’s issues with VAR & more

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 87:21

    Alexi and Mosse open the show discussing CONMEBOL suspending March World Cup qualifiers due to COVID-19 restrictions (12:15). The guys then talk about MLS’s responsibility to release players for USMNT, the battle for USA/Mexico dual nationals young talent, and the MLS investigation launched against Inter Miami CF signing of Blaise Matuidi. They look at Europe and chat about the Manchester derby, Madrid Derby, Josh Sargent’s impressive season at Werder Bremen so far (41:53), Bayern Munich vs. Dortmund, and the Champions League preview. They Looked at #AskAlexi, where fans asked about scrapping VAR and salary caps in the MLS. (1:05:02). Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road” on the goal of USA youth soccer beyond the field (1:20:02) in another remote edition of the State of the Union Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    U.S. Soccer sets 2030 goals, Does Ronaldo fit at Juventus? & more.

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 87:46

    Alexi and Mosse open the show discussing Thierry Henry stepping down as C.F. Montreal head coach (12: 40). The guys then talk new U.S. Soccer V.P., Key dates for USMNT in 2021 (29: 40), and the 2030 goals set for the women’s and men’s team. They look at Europe (40:40) and chat about Cristiano Ronaldo’s lack of Champions League success at Juventus after Antonio Cassano’s comments make headlines. Gareth Bale’s rejuvenation, Manchester United’s fight to stay in the top 4, England’s consistent issue with VAR, and Schalke sacking its entire coaching staff. In #AskAlexi, fans ask for the best player not named Pele to play in the USA, Alexi’s soccer investments in Detroit, and players wearing jewelry on the field. (1:09:09). Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road” on Zlatan Ibrahimović’s recent comments about LeBron James getting involved in politics (1:20:45) in another remote edition of the State of the Union Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Mbappe vs. Haaland, Moneyball in the MLS, + more

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 88:17

    Alexi and Mosse open the show assessing USWNT’s first two games in the She Believes Cup (7:00). The guys then discuss the signing of 15-year-old prodigy Alex Alcala to the Los Angeles Galaxy (19:30) and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC going the “Moneyball” route by hiring Nikos Overheul as Director of Recruitment. They look at Europe and talk about Jose Mourinho’s antics after another loss (36:26), Liverpool’s boat continues to sink, Milan Derby, and tight European title races except for the Premier League. In #AskAlexi (1:04:07), fans ask about deserved respect for USWNT, Bruce Arena or Bob Bradley, and Tomas Tuchel’s tough love. Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road” on teams and players not living up to expectations during a tough 2020 (1:20:45) in another remote edition of the State of the Union Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    USWNT She Believes Cup Breakdown with guest Aly Wagner + more

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 91:13

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with guest Aly Wagner and discuss her beloved Tottenham Spurs’ struggle and breakdown USWNT in the She Believes Cup (5:56). The guys then discuss the signing of Brazilian veteran Alexandre Pato with Orlando City SC (25:40), FC Dallas’ development machine and partnership with Bayern Munich model, and parity in the Club World Cup. They take a look at Europe and talk about Jurgen Klopp/Liverpool’s struggles that continue (45:08), Mosse’s issues with Jose Mourinho, the Serie A title race, and Barcelona’s resurgence in La Liga. Looked at #AskAlexi where fans asked about MLS owners’ potential spending conflicts, Texas rivalry, and what superpowers to pick (1:09:30). Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road” with his greatest soccer player of all time (1:21:23) in another remote edition of the State of the Union Podcast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Greatest U.S. Soccer Player in History & more

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 95:57

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with thoughts on the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame, the MLS CBA deal, and CONCACAF Champions League changes (11:23). Then, the guys discuss the Man City vs. Liverpool game, go over Jurgen Klopp’s issues, breakdown Phil Foden’s great play, talk Man United’s tough draw against Everton, react to Zlatan’s continued success, and look at Tigres’ impressive run in the Club World Cup (46:39). Later, Alexi discusses his favorite U.S. national team players, MLS players on the national team and the TV show Arliss in #AskAlexi (01:16:14). Finally, Alexi caps the show with his “One for the Road” on who the greatest soccer player of all time is to him (01:28:20) in another remote edition of the State of the Union Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The New CONCACAF Champions League Format | Interview with CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2021 10:06

    Alexi Lalas and CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani discuss the revamped CONCACAF Champions League which, starting in 2023, will include a regionalized group stage in the fall before knockout stage in the spring. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago breakdown with guest Stu Holden, Leo Messi’s contract drama + more

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 90:26

    Alexi Lalas, David Mosse and Stu Holden react to USMTN’s dominant performance vs. Trinidad & Tobago and discuss a potential lockout in the MLS (04:50). Then, the guys break down Leo Messi’s contract leak, the La Liga standings, the Premier League title race, the Copa Libertadores final and touch on Alan Ruschel, Chapecoense survivor who captained Brazil B title winner in our world roundup (46:50). The transfer window, MLS players and penalty kicks are looked at in #AskAlexi (01:04:48). Finally, Alexi caps the show with a story about what it means to represent the U.S. National Team (01:23:15). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    USMNT roster breakdown vs. Trinidad & Tobago, Weston McKennie loved at Juventus, & Frank Lampard feeling Chelsea blues

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 105:11

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with reactions to the MLS Draft (08:42). Then, the guys discuss USMNT’s roster vs. Trinidad and Tobago (21:20), Catarina Macario makes her presence known with USWNT, Frank Lampard fired at Chelsea, his potential replacement, and Luis Suarez leading Atletico Madrid to the top of the table in La Liga. The guys talk Liverpool struggles after FA Cup loss to Manchester United, and FIFA’s stern warning that European Super League players could be barred from the World Cup. Looked at in #AskAlexi (1:15:20). Finally, Alexi caps the show with some comments on music (1:33:45) in another remote edition of the State of the Union Podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Jordan Morris to England, Messi Sees Red, No More Impact in Montreal, USWNT Doesn’t Miss a Beat, & An Homage to Wayne Rooney

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2021 91:53

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with news of Jordan Morris loan to Swansea City (10:42). Then, they discuss Phil Neville’s hire at Inter Miami CF (18:15), Montreal’s new name & logo, USWNT’s game against Colombia, and Messi’s first-career red card. In #AskAlexi (1:08:05), they address Wayne Rooney’s legacy, discuss Premier League and Serie A front runners, and preview the Copa Libertadores final. Finally, Alexi caps the show with One for the Road (1:23:24) in another remote edition of the State of the Union Podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Matthew Hoppe’s hat trick, Phil Neville to INTER MIAMI, MLS Negotiations, Erling Haaland’s Bundesliga dominance and Christian Pulisic at Chelse

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2021 94:27

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with Phil Neville’s potential hire at David Beckham’s INTER MIAMI, the most recent MLS Labor negotiations, and discuss Grant Wahl’s Freddy Adu podcast (6:26). Then, the guys shift focus to Europe (40:06), with Matthew Hoppe’s record hat-trick in Germany, Erling Haaland’s Bundesliga dominance, and update you on the most recent Copa Libertadores action. The guys also address Alexi’s comment on Pulisic being too good for this Chelsea team in #AskAlexi (1:04:04). Finally, Alexi caps the show with a fond farewell (1:23:32) in another remote edition of the State of the Union Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Messi to MLS, David Beckham’s ownership, American Players off to Europe, Pulisic’s performance, is Pele the GOAT?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2020 100:41

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with all things Messi’s desire to play in the MLS (07:05), including a possible link up with David Beckham at Miami FC. Then, the guys discuss American players moving to Europe (23:00), grade Christian Pulisic’s performance and Zach Steffen’s Man City first Premier League start vs. Chelsea, then debate if Pele gets his due as the greatest. The guys also touch on Mauricio Pochettino’s hire at PSG in #AskAlexi (1:01:05). Finally, Alexi caps the show with a fond farewell (1:29:36) in another remote edition of the State of the Union Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Zlatan Ibrahimović's Best Goal in MLS History, Manchester United Title Chances, EURO Super League, FIFA FIFPRO Men’s best 11 and CONCACAF Champions League

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2020 85:13

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with all things CONCACAF Champions thriller between LAFC and America (6:20), including the final. Then, the guys shift focus to Europe (25:30), and discuss whether Manchester United is a contender or pretender, Jose Mourinho antics and struggles at Spurs, Arsenal’s skid, and debate if the proposed EURO Super League is a good idea. The guys also touch on the FIFA FIFPRO Men’s Best 11 among other awards. Looked at in #AskAlexi (1:00:18). Finally, Alexi caps the show with a fond farewell (1:15:34) in another remote edition of the State of the Union Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Columbus Crew MLS Champs, UCL Round of 16 Draw Matchups, Arsenal skid, Messi on cusp of Pele record, Ronaldo/Zlatan leading scorers in Serie A

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2020 91:02

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with all things MLS Cup (5:20), including reaction to Columbus Crew being crowned champs, Then, the guys shift focus to Europe (30:10), with the Champions League Round of 16 Draw, Hot title races, Ronaldo and Zlatan leading Serie A in scoring, Lionel Messi on the cusp of Pele’s record. The guys also touch on the FIFA’s Best Men’s Players candidates. Looked at in #AskAlexi (1:03:01). Finally, Alexi caps the show with a fond farewell (1:22:20) in another remote edition of the State of the Union Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    MLS Cup, Spurs, Pogba/United drama, Pulisic/McKennie/Reyna, Messi to PSG?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2020 89:48

    Alexi and Mosse open the show with all things MLS Cup (6:50), including the Seattle Sounders and Columbus Crew’s roads to the Final. Then, the guys shift focus to Europe (37:10), with the Mourinho effect, a banner day for Americans overseas, the Paul Pogba/Man United drama, Lionel Messi rumors and more discussed. Also, the USMNT vs. El Salvador, running a pro team and the top No. 9s of all time are looked at in #AskAlexi (1:04:08). Finally, Alexi caps the show with a fond farewell (1:20:22) in another remote edition of the State of the Union Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Maradona tribute, MLS playoffs, Cavani/Man U, Champions League, USWNT

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2020 107:05


    Alexi and Mosse open the show with their memories of the late Diego Maradona (1:44). After that, they dive in on the latest from the MLS Playoffs (24:15). Then, the guys shift focus to Europe (44:34), with Klopp’s anger, Cavani’s impact with United, the FIFA Best short list and more discussed. Also, the USWNT and USMNT, Luis Suarez and streaming recommendations are looked at in #AskAlexi (1:19:54). Finally, Alexi caps the show with Sarah Fuller’s whirlwind week (1:35:36) in another remote edition of the State of the Union Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


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